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me bring in our "news nation" political panel. michael, former pence governor ed rendell, robert. we also have on the phone john rosenthal. john has been with us all week. you and your organization have put up billboards urging action, urging people to call on their members of congress. john, what is your reaction to what we saw from nra today? >> this is consistent behavior and consistent response and absolute nonsense. it's also old news. there were two armed guards at columbine high school. the fbi was even out gunned at waco by david koresh with a tennessee made assault rifle that he blew up a tank with and killed police officers. all these weapons are readily available from private gun dealers without a background check in 33 states and thousands of gun shows. it's absolute insanity to arm and put in armed guards at every police station, at every school. then you have to do every mall. look law enforcement officers carry pistols with 13 rounds and congress has given criminals ability to buy assault weapons in 100 round clips without detection at gun shows and 33 states. the nra'
serious. joining me now to talk about gun violence is martin o'malley and governor ed rendell. thank you for joining me. president obama spoke forcefully this afternoon about needing to take action on gun safety. let's listen. >> this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply help passions and political divides. we need to work making access to work on mental health care as easy as access to a gun. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. but the fact that this problem is complexed can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. >> i've come to really respect you and the other governors and governor rendell because i watched it during sandy and what happened up in newtown. governors really are the responsible adults. they have to take care of their people. so in taking care of the people in maryland, what do you think is the most important thing? deal with the gun -- the issue of the semiautomatic weapons, the assault rifles, dealing with the high-capacity gun clips, the ammunition clips, or the mental ill
governors and governor rendell because i watched it during sandy and i watched it during what happened up in newtown. they have to take care of their people. so in taking care of the people in maryland, what do you think is the most important thing? dealing with the issue of semi-automatic weapons? the so called assault rifles. dealing with the high capacity gun clips, the ammunition clips or the violent culture piece. what can you go at in a month? >> you have to go at all of those things. and you have to go at all of those things simultaneously. >> most of the hunters i know, i a gree. governor rendell who i know you're going to be talking to, he and i had about the highest title in the land and that was the title of mayor. we had to go and order police officers in the middle of the night to go and take assault weapons that had no place in a civilized society for their safety. if only for their safety, we need responsible bans and controls on these military combat weapons. >> governor, you're right up in the heart of pennsylvania with the deer hunter culture and the whole thing. can we
the politics of that coming up. former governor of pennsylvania and nbc news political analyst, ed rendell. ed, are we going over the cliff? >> no, i think we will kick the can down the road emphatically, but we won't go over the cliff. >> wow. director of the earth institute, economist dr. jeffrey sachs. if we do, should we? >> more of the same because we're not going to solve anything, even if there's a deal today, we're going to see exactly that same tape replayed in two months, four months, six months. so i think there will be some kind of deal today, tomorrow, but it won't solve any of the basic issues. >> so a doomsday deadline would not have worked in this case? it will be the same thing. >> yes, because either side's not really talking about the basics to get to the real resolution of this. >> and in washington, we have political editor and white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein. sam, your prognostication. >> i thought we were talking about kim and kanye. i think we'll get something done. i'm not sure, though. >> talk about a hedge. >> let me tell you, that was th
rendell, and now an msnbc political analyst. and joan walsh, an msnbc political analyst. thank you both for your time tonight. >> thanks, rev. >> my pleasure. >> joan, let me start with you. senator demint is out. how huge is that? >> i think it's huge, are reverend al. i really do. he said health care would be the president's waterloo while the president is getting ready to be inaugurated for a second time and jim demint is packing up his senate office. he could be serving in a majority if he hadn't backed such crackpot losers. they really would have taken it back if it wasn't for christine o'donnell and others. like dick armey, he did leave his post, reverend al, but he got an $8 million payday. they always get more pay but it's great to see somebody like that actually having to leave the senate. >> he was one of the faces of the tea party movement, governor. with him stepping down today, what was that mean, in your opinion, for the future of the tea party who has already lost major characters and major players in the congress so far? >> well first, rev, i want to go on record and say
and former pennsylvania governor, ed rendell. once again with us, chris kofinis, democratic strategist. governor, thanks for joining us. we don't expect secretary clinton to say anything other than what she has at this point. but dare i ask this question, what do you believe will happen here? i hate it because i feel like we are still dealing with so many issues. the woman needs break. give her a chance to relax and everyone is already chiming in. here we go, what do you think? >> i genuinely believe what she said is the truth, if you injected her is sodium pentothal and ask her if she is going to run for president she would say no. she is tired. the secretary of state, particularly the way she did it, is the most tiring job, more tiring than president. the travel sun believable. and she thinks she has given a great deal to her country, which she has. can she be persuaded once she gets some rest? i think the answer to that is yes and i believe in the end, not now, but in the end, we will be able to persuade her the country's challenges are so great we will need continuing leadership an
's bottom line. >>> and a little bit later on former pennsylvania governor ed rendell is going to be showing us to find out what the co-chair of the fix the debt commission has to say now that we're just five days from going over. >>> and before hitting the break, here's a message from the head of a pennsylvania company to our nation's lawmakers in washington. >>> my name is richard phillips. we move the nation's most critical freight all over the world, and we employ 2,500 people. if our nation's politicians fail us and we go over the fiscal cliff, we'll feel the impact immediately. capital goods will start to slow down, and people will stop buying the kind of large home furnishings that we move every day. we'll buckle down and find a way to make it a strategic advantage but it won't be pretty for us or our customers. we elected to you lead, not to follow the hard left or hard right. govern from the middle and lead. ♪ [ cows moo ] [ sizzling ] more rain... [ thunder rumbles ] ♪ [ male announcer ] when the world moves... futures move first. learn futures from experienced pros with dedica
governor, ed rendell. thanks to both of you for being here tonight. >> good evening, rev. >> nice to be with you. >> congressman, let me start with you. the president said nobody can get a hundred percent of what they want. but you've seen the right wing republicans in the house. they don't seem to get that. >> no, they don't. they're an immature group, politically. many of them were new to politics in 2010 and they came with the idea of no revenues and no taxes at all. and they -- you think you can see what the president has had to deal with for the last two years, people have questioned the president and his working across bipartisan ways. he's tried to be bipartisan, but this group is rigid, immature. rich mcconnell wanted to beat the president. now, the president can't be beaten. they came to washington to change washington, but their main concern is reelection and they don't want anybody saying you raised taxes or you tax anybody, even the uber rich. >> but congressman, i want to be clear here because people listed plan b and may not understand. we're talking about them prote
to you both. >> karen. >> thanks, karen. >> governor rendell, i'm going to start with you, what do you make of this meeting? to some degree -- do we really expect we're going to get some substance out of this meeting or is this more for the optics so both sides can say they tried one more time? >> i think it's a little more for the optics. look, one thing i think all americans should be aware of is that washington has failed us again. because even if we get something that avoids the fiscal cliff by some makeshift deal, it's not addressing the real problem, and the real problem is somehow we're going to come up with $1.2 trillion or more in revenue and significant spending cuts on all sides including military cuts and entitlement cuts so we can actually put our debt under control. until we do that, all we're doing is kicking the can down the road. now, is there a value to kicking the can down the road in avoiding the fiscal cliff? yes. but if they go over the cliff and then fix it in the next week with another stopgap, is there any real harm? who knows. if that make it is easier for rep
pennsylvania governor ed rendell, deputy new york city mayor howard wolfson and editor of the "new york times" magazine edward lindgren. jansing and company's chris jansing joins us now. you have been on the road a lot this year to some very terrible places in the wake of some very serious american tragedies, but this one, if i dare say it, seems a little bit different. give us your sense of your take on the move -- as far as the mood on the ground and how the community is reacting m days since the tragedy. >> alex, it would be difficult to even begin to try to express the depth and the breadth of the pain that this community is feeling and will feel all weeklong. the first of a series of funerals is getting underway right now. i'll show you a page from the local paper, and there are two pages of obituaries of children. we've just learned that governor dan malloy has shown up at the funeral of little noah, 6 years old, noah posner, who has a twin and an 8-year-old sister, and there was a heartbreaking question asked in his obituary. how do you capture the essence of a 6-year-old in just a few
to push back if they did try to stop this from happening. the nra, to governor rendell's points, the membership of the nra is on the side of the vast majority of the american people, but the nra increasingly in the nation has done a lot of work on this. they don't represent the workers. they represent gun manufacturers who have it in their interest to sell more and more weapons, even lethal weapons. i mean, the kind of weapons you expect to be on the ground in mogadishu or afghanistan among military members than you do in the home of a woman who was supposedly a volunteer at a preschool. i mean, we are at a point now where we have to decide whether we're going to side with the gun manufacturers or with the vast majority of americans who are horrified that someone could use a military style assault rifle to cut down two dozen children. i mean, we've reached a point where we can no longer say this. look, to howard wolfson's point, the president could have some very powerful allies here because police chiefs across this country have been calling for a very long time for no more cop
. welcome back, everyone, to "morning joe." that's the latest. ed rendell and jeffrey sachs all with us along with sam stein and michael steele in washington. joining us also in washington, senior national correspondent for "bloomberg businessweek," joshua green. and joshua, before we go on to what led to this doomsday scenario that we're facing right now, which was all set up by lawmakers in washington, talk to me about what businesses are looking for and wall street is looking for. there will be reaction. there's always this discussion about the need for certainty. at best, we're going to get some sort of small deal that puts everything off, which makes this whole deadline make no sense. are businesses going to respond well to that? >> if we get a deal, yes. i mean, wall street all along has been looking to avert the fiscal cliff. and frankly, i don't think ceos and businesses care a whole lot about where income tax rates fall. in fact, you saw a number of ceos come out a few weeks ago and say they were happy for their taxes to rise, so long as washington could get a deal. i think the
with the republican defense highly tauted fan of the eagles, ed rendell and alex wagner of msnbc's "now." governor, i want you to read what's going on here. first speaker boehner defended the gop's tax proposal saying it does take a bite out of the rich but president obama held firm to tax rate hike on the wealthiest. let's listen to the back and forth. >> revenues we're putting on the table are going to come from, guess who? the rich. there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes and have the same people pay more of their money to the federal government without raising tax rates, which we believe will harm our economy. >> let's allow higher rates to go up for the top 2%, that includes all of you, yes. but not in any way that's going to affect your spending, your lifestyles, or the economy in any significant way. let's make sure that 98% of americans don't see it -- a single dime in tax increases next year. >> so, john boehner, the speaker for the republican party in this partisan fight is saying, he's already socking it to the rich. he's willing to raise their taxes in various forms but just n
ed rendell, now an nbc political news analyst and crystal ball, co-host here on msnbc. governor, why aren't republicans listening to the american people on this issue? >> first, i want to say governor patrick would be a dynamite candidate, too. >> the governor could appoint himself. >> and he would be awesome. i believe that with all of myhearted. >> yeah, he would be a worthy contender. >> worthy contender, yes. >> the answer is republicans are still absolutely tied to this ideology they're anchored with the tea party. they can't extricate themselves. they're on a path to destruction. if they keep this up, the 2014 elections are going to be a lot worse than the 2012 elections for them. this is as much of a path towards self defeat as i've ever seen. they are out of touch with the american people. 76-22? you could barely get 76% of the american people to agree that today is thursday. >> crystal, when you look at the polling, the new party says 53% say republican party, only 33% democratic. >> when jou sdeel with the poll, more willing to work with the party, democrats, the donkey sym
gette, democrat from colorado. and former pennsylvania governor ed rendell now an nbc political analyst. thank you both for joining me. >> thanks, al. >> congresswoman degette, let me start with you. you put forth the bill targeting high-capacity magazines. this already has 125 co-sponsors, 16 of which signed up today. is there momentum for real gun control this time around? >> well, there is momentum. congresswoman carolyn mccarthy and i from new york introduced this bill earlier this session after the terrible shootings in aurora which are right outside my congressional district. we tried to push for this bill. it's only a step of what we need to do, but to be honest, you're never going to stop some seriously deranged person from trying to shoot again. but what you can do is stop them from having these magazines that will kill 26 people in a ten-minute period. and so we're urging -- the bill's ready. we signed up 16 people in one hour this morning. we think that speaker boehner could bring it to the floor this week and show the country that we're really making some positive first steps to keepin
. joining me now is form er pennsylvania governor ed rendell. jerry bernstein, senior fellow at the center and jonathan, opinion writer for "the washington post" and an msnbc kriblt tor. contributor. thank you all for coming on the show. governor rendell, let me start with you. have you ever, ever seen anything like this? i mean, where is the leadership? >> yeah, this is amazing. if i were the president, i'd be tremendously frustrated. you have to have somebody to negotiate with. there's nobody across the table for the president to strike a deal with. and the president has been forthcoming. he's been expansive. he's already moved. he's moved from 250 to 400. he's made significant steps. he's laid out some of the entitlement forms that he's willing to accept. he's moved about as far as he can move because there's nobody coming back to limb saying we'll do this and we'll do that. it's really irresponsible. >> it's very irresponsible. jonathan, you look at the fact that they're not being honestabout it. senator scott brown wrote heading back to d.c. just learned the president reached out to s
political analyst former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> so the president is calling on the new congress to hold votes in january on banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and background checks on all gun purchases. joe biden doesn't also have relationships on the hill. he's also built them with law enforcement. if he gets their support could that pressure republicans to work with the president on these types of reforms. >> i believe it can, and i think joe biden has a long history of working with members of the nra and certainly law enforcement on these issues in the past. the famous exchange during the debate in '08 and '07 on these issues so he's got credibility, and i think the president is setting up his game plan pretty smartly at this point. right now the country is in a mood to do something, and i think that republicans have to recognize that, number one and number two, that right now again, the president is in a political position where he's got more cards to play
news political analyst, ed rendell and the co-chair of the campaign to fix the debt here in new york, republican strategist, susan purcell. good afternoon to both of you. governor we'll start with you, both sides seem to be standing firm over what they want out of the fiscal cliff deal this morning. this is what house speaker john boehner said about the state of the negotiations. take a listen. >> i think they're -- they won the election, they must have forgotten the republicans continue to hold the majority in the house. but you know, the president's idea of a negotiation is -- roll over and do what i ask. we need to find common ground and we need to find it quickly. >> governor, are they going to be able to find that common ground quickly? >> yeah, i think they are. you know i have to laugh. in the first term, the president was criticized by his base for giving in too quickly or too easily. this is a negotiation. and in the negotiation, you don't put on the table initially where you want to wind up. you put out what's your bargaining position and both sides have to understand that.
magazine. ed rendell is the former governor of pennsylvania and future chief of staff to president clinton. he's t she's the editor-at-large joan walsh. i'm sorry, ed rges i'm sure you have a bigger job in mine. let's go to mr. inside first. let's go to the knowledge base of an insider who is close friends with not just bill but very close friends with hillary clinton as well who knows them and i believe would get the first call when they do decide to make the run probably next year or the year -- early the following year. but when they make the call, tell me what you think will be in their thinking when they call. how to do it differently? how to do it better? how to do it faster? how to scare off the opponents? all that. >> well, first, let me say i believe what hillary says right now. i believe she's tired, she's beat up, and if you injected her with sodium pentothal and said are you going to run for president, she'd say no. is she persuadable? of course she is. and are the hundreds and thousands of people who want to see her run going to take a shot at it? yes, they are. when she's rel
with governor ed rendell, howard wolfson, joey reid. plus, congressman john larson discusses his time yesterday with president obama and the white house's new window for reform. we will also examine the role mental health plays in mass shootings with virginia tech survivor and braid way campaign assistant director collin goddard. as the nation comes together over the tragedy in sandy hook, how does it affect deal-making on capitol hill? we'll get an update on the fiscal cliff. all that when "now" starts after the break. [ male announcer ] this is bob, a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused
screen over rendell approaching lafayette. remember this is pushing its way east to moving south. we want to take a look when the heavy rain will hit. you can expect the yellow to hit walnut creek around 7:16 a.m. this morning. it will be a relatively slow-moving system of the heavy rain over the east shore freeway. the, most of oakland. as we turn our attention to the south bay light rain it is more widespread with the heaviest rain reported in san jose. over to futurecast 4 you can see into the 7:00 hour we will contend with pretty heavy downpours. you will need your wench a wiper's later this afternoon the showers will become spotty in nature and will start to taper off. we should be dry in the north bay. we could see partial clearing as we head into 5:00 p.m. rain mainly in the south bay. fanned clear conditions overnight. your temperatures out the door and mild start. 61 for haywood and mountain view. 56 and all out so. your kron 4 7 day around the bay forecast shows a dry pattern is back in place here in the bay area. expect a mix of sun and clouds. fog will be a story heading into
's the beginning of the fight. former pennsylvania governor ed rendell is not impressed. >> we voted for grover norquist. he is in my judgment the wizard of oz. you peel back the curtain and there's nobody there. >>> the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll says 76% would accept raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year. only 22% find that unacceptable. >>> we told you about the sequel to the movie "game change." that will be made about this year's presidential election. on "late night with jimmy fallon" he had reaction to that. >> some tv news. hbo is planning a new movie based on the 2012 election, similar to "game change." the network said they're not sure who will be playing mitt romney. then mitt romney said, i'm not doing anything. >> a new poll found 44% of americans believe santa claus is a democrat. 28% say he's a republican. >>> senators and republicans put their differences aside and exchanged secret santa presents with a $10 limit. >>> utah republican mike lee gave vermont democrat and batman enthusiastic patrick leahy a batman snuggie. i didn't know those existe
and ed rendell and mayor bloomberg, the fix the debt initiative to try to get that done. >> well, you know, you probably heard this so much. the american people are so frustrated by this political theatre in washington. and a lot of the c.e.o.s who i am talking to and interviewing who are also on fix the debt are saying that the lawmakers are playing politics with the economy. i mean this is a really serious matter. why is it so difficult to get a deal and this balanced approach that you are talking about? >> well, it shouldn't be. but it is. and it is for this reason. you're dealing with extremely significant idea logical differences here. republicans believing strongly that the government is grow too fast and the spending needed to be restrained. democrats believing that there needs to be much more in the area revenues to support the government as it grows. and these are deep feelings. and toes are going to have to be stepped on by both sides. and the president is going to step on folks, toes on people on his left, and who don't want to go down the road of entitlement reform. and th
rifle association. my own state is a great example of this. you know, ed rendell was a two-term governor. he fought the nra. he was a prosecuting district attorney in philadelphia but did not see eye to eye on w the nra. and in this a very pro-hunting state able to be elected for two terms. it can be done. it requires the ongoing focus of many of us who won't allow january to come and people's memories to fade. >> right. and john, just quickly, the issue that the two republicans we've just played specifically the congressman saying that we need to address the issue of mental health in this country. and perhaps ignoring signs that are there. my question is, why is there a perception that you cannot do both at the same time? why can't there be legislative action immediately if there's the desire of the people and overwhelming numbers show 57% if not higher asking americans if they want stricter gun controls, that i say yes. why does it have to be one or the other, mental health or some type of reasonable or sensible common sense ban on certain weapons? >> m-o-n-e-y. the republican party ge
rendell, knows all too well how gun violence can tear apart communities, also an nbc news political analyst. governor, always good to have you on. >> thank you, craig. >> you've recently said president obama missed a golden opportunity in the wake of that july massacre out in colorado when he failed to press congress to ban assault weapons and outlaw those large magazines for repeating firearms, and we just found out that's precisely what was used this time around. what does the president need to do right now? what does congress need to do right now? >> well, i wouldn't even wait for the new congress. i'd try to get this congress. they are waiting for some action on the fiscal cliff. let's move and take this anger that the nation is feeling and -- and go ahead and do a couple of things. number one, reinstate the assault weapons ban, particularly the part of the assault weapons ban that bans these assault rifles, but more importantly bans the sale, importation or distribution of magazines or clips that have more than ten bullets. if this fellow, if lanza had had to reload eight or ni
or stroiches more than ten bullets. >> joining me now is former pennsylvania governor ed rendell and former congressman from virginia, tom davis. hello, guys version glad to have you both here so we can start this conversation. governor, i will begin with you, can an assault weapons ban get through the house and senate? >> sure it can. >> we can close the gun hole loophole. 74% of gun owners and 63% of nra members favor required a background check for everyone who buys a gun. legs get serious and understand that gun owners and nra members were common sense people and get this thing done immediate any january. >> an even bigger question, governor, might be this. were an assault weapons ban to be in place, in effect, would that have prevented a tragedy like this? >> no, wouldn't have prevent it had but limited the carnage. understand this fellow is reported to have shot 100 different times. if he had magazines that were only limited to ten, that means he would have had to reload ten times, in the act of reloading, a lot of those kids would have gotten away, that's what people don't understand
are there, the job creation is there. >> governor ed rendell is -- there are plenty of -- go ahead. >> can we have a more sort of science based and intellectually based argument about, you know, the harmful environmental effects versus the economic benefits and come up with the stuff chris is talking about the disclosure on how it's done. there has to be a mechanism of how to do that. >> a lot is behind the curtain of proprietary information. the second thing about the economic benefits of this, mine one is, it's driving down the cost of electricity and it's killing the coal industry from my perspective someone primarily cared about the climate, that's great. coal is a nasty substance. it's bad for people's lungs, bad for the climate, et cetera. driving costs so low it's crowding out renewables. this other effect that can be bad. in terms of jobs, we have the highest levels of employment in natural gas and oil extraction since 1992. the total jobs in extraction 200,000. not creating a lot of jobs in the industry. >> you're going to have more on your show this weekend, my friend. >> tomorro
voices? where is your pal ed rendel? >> i'm not hearing the same thing you are. i don't hear the president call republicans evil, evil, evil. i don't hear that kind of hate-filled speech. >> you don't? >> no. i see the president actually trying to reach across the aisle and get a deal done. >> the president said there was a war on women. joe biden said they'll put you all back in chains, we've had the race card, the war on women card, the class warfare cards. >> you can take a lot o of quots and mitt romney said corporations aren't people. he didn't care about the poor. only 47% of america is disto disavow. >> this will not stop with you guys. give me an example where they played the race card this year, give me one example. >> there's been many times. >> name one. >> when both sides have engaged in the type. >> name one. this is what mitt romney said on the 47%. >> it's racist? >> i didn't call it racist. >> give me an example of racist. >> i didn't call it racist. >> give me an example of the race card being played. give me one example. >> sean, what i'm saying is that ther
year. >> not happy. ed rendell? >> shakespeare is smart when he said sound and fury signify nothing. he was talking about the fiscal cliff. >> some of the leading voices this morning told me that, first of all, we are on fantasy island, and secondly, another leading voice said that everything that happens today is inconsequential. >> right. >> i will tell you, i don't think it is. i think it matters and i think everybody wants one thing, for washington to get it done, get a deal done! get a deal done! >> but this deal is only a precursor to the more important deal. >> yeah, well, at some point -- >> she wants you to get that one done, too. >> get it all done. >> at some point we're going to hurt ourselves very badly. we already have. well, if it's way too early, it's time for "morning joe," but now it's time for the fix. the fix is in for chuck todd and "the daily rundown." >>> the ball will drop in times square tonight at the stroke of midnight, but in washington, have lawmakers already dropped the ball? with less than 15 hours to go before the fiscal cliff deadline, the new year's cou
and affiliates spent $1.5 million to outst you. how powerful are they really? i heard ed rendell say they are a paper tiger. are they really that powerful? does the sandy hook shooting do anything to change that? >> no, they are not that powerful. look, we came within two percentage points of that race and it had nothing too do with the nra. the nra opposed me in every single race and i won every single one until the very last. my take on this is that americans very much want their liberties to be respected. but we are americans that come together in a community and if we want more senators, senator casey recently changed his position and that's the tragedy about connecticut it took that tragedy to have senators to do what's actually right. the nra is not a complete paper tiger, just a special interest group, and i believe that americans want to do what's right for the community. there are other issues americans want to have. a child lock or a gun show that cannot sell as many guns as anybody wants without a background check. i believe if americans -- public officials do what's right
rendell who said, what has been going on in congress right now, going right down to the wire, means that we've become an embarrassment, the nation has become an embarrassment. how do you feel when people say that? >> i actually listened to a really good program on the bbc earlier today, with some americans and indians, lamenting the state of indian democracy and one really smart woman from mumbai got on, said, look, yeah, this is really tough and we're embarrassed, in their case, the horrible rape-murder case. but the truth is, you have middle class people out protesting and demanding something happen for the first time in the short, relatively short 62-year history of indian democracy. we're going through a rough patch and the players aren't attractive or doing their job in washington. but the country is functioning. there's a group of young people that are fixing education, fixing all sorts of consumer protections using the internet. attacking banks who victimize their consumers. their own clients. there's a lot of good stuff going on in this country and just -- we are so obsessed
senator bob kerry and a former staffer for pennsylvania governor ed rendell. ron is a former communications director to the house speaker, dennis hastert. good to see you both. >> good to sigh. >> gregg: donna, let's start with what the president was offering a. even democrats are criticizing him for demanding 150 billion in more spending. not less, including a $50 billion stimulus this next year. at a time when the focus perhaps should be on spending cuts, are those democrats right? >> well, i'm hearing many more democrats resonating with the message that the president is delivering and that message is that he ran on and got elected on the basis of more taxes for the most wealthy americans. i think that there is a real danger for republicans in not really hearing that message. i've been impressed by the number of republicans that have made positive indications that more revenue could be forth coming, even in the form of tax increases on the most wealthy americans. and i think that there is a little bit of danger i think for the republican party as they redefine themselves as
cliff. we're talk with former pennsylvania governor ed rendell. tobias levkovich, what's his game plan for investing in the new year. >>> we are a half hour into trading on the shortened trading day. the new york stock exchange closing at 1:00 eastern time. stocks under a bit of pressure. tobias levkovich will talk about next year. why he's so bullish for 2013. >> the power of promotions. jcpenney may be having a merry christmas. we've got the analyst who said he's seeing positive signs from penney's and sending shares higher in today's session. >> the underground market for apple products are getting hotter. >>> despite worries about the fiscal cliff, citigroup upside for 2013. tobias levkovich joins us now from post 9. tobias, happy holidays to you. >> happy holidays to you guys as well. >> s&p 500 target 1650 for 2013. i would imagine that it was easier to say a deal's going to get done and not really impact 2013 two weeks ago, or a month ago. we're here at the end of the year. are you still confident in this target? >> unless washington really flubs it, and what i mean is, not bein
in a weather related accident on highway 24 in 0 rendell. fire crews were responding to a non injury accident he east of wilder road had and they were on the shoulder of the highway when a car lost control and slab into the side of the fire engine. if three firefighters and the driver of the car were injured in this crash. here is the photo of the firefighters who were hurt. they are michael rattary, kelley morris and stephen rogness. they were taken to john muir medical center in walnut creek. two of the firefighters needed to have surgery. all three are expected to survive. >> a 14 year-old boy charged as an adult with attempted murder, sexual assault and kidnapping of a 65 year-old woman is scheduled to be arraigned today. he will appear in court where he is expected to be arraigned today. >> san jose has marked its 43rd homicide of the year. matching a two decade high. the most recent hamas i was a 17 year-old boy who was gunned down on a residential street on friday. if the killings is believed to be gang-related. the 43 homicides so far this year atop the 41 killings last year. the 2011
. it is -- they are just -- ed rendell, former governor of pennsylvania. he got elected three times and said they are a piper tiger. >> i agree with the mayor. i said this for a very long time. the myth of the power of the nra is much greater than the actual power of the nra. you have to remember in -- talking about grover norquist and pledge or nra and -- their views, and -- you know, there are a lot of members of congress who are ideologically lined with the views of the organization. less about what the nra can do to them than they agree on most issues. they are getting that support. but if you go out and speak clearly to your constituents about what your views are on the issues and -- about revoking second amendment rights, really only talking about common sense reforms, i think most people would agree with you and most of your constituents, republican, sxind democrats would agree. >> we will be talking about this with jon meacham in office politics. he goes back to jeffersonian times and what it is meant to be now. before we go, way back in time, president obama can be accused of being
things for the democrats. last night on cnbc, former pennsylvania governor ed rendell urged lawmakers to rise above politics and get a deal done. >> if the sticking point to a big deal that takes care of the debt is chained cpi, i think the president's got to go to harry reid and he's got to go to nancy pelosi and say, look, this is not the way i would have done it, but we've got to reach a consensus, it's going to be good for the programs ovnd it's going to bring them back to solvency. >> okay, so here's what else is on the schedule today. the house is going to be reconvening at 9:00 a.m. eastern for debate followed by legislative business. we'll see how things pan out. of course, bring you all of that throughout the day. in addition to all of that, we now have news that the pentagon is preparing to lay off 800,000 civilian employees if a deal is not reached to avoid the fiscal cliff by january 2nd, automatic domestic and military spending cuts will kick in, and the pentagon would be forced to cut 55 billion dollars in spending in the first nine months of 2013. there are a lot of wor
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